Category Archives: Awards, Contests, and Programs

Sameer Atrash, D21, Named a Finalist in Gordon Institute’s 100K New Ventures Competition

On March 11, Sameer Atrash, D21, was named a finalist in the Gordon Institute’s 100K New Ventures Competition – Medical Devices & Life Science Track for his work, Project Prenatal. “Project Prenatal saves lives through creating access to dental care” via “an innovative technology that automates the referral of patients from medical to dental providers,” Atrash said. “Project Prenatal aims to increase utilization of dental care by 14 million in the next five years through automation and convenience.” Congratulations Sameer, and best of luck in the final competition on April 5th!

Bates Day 2019 Winners

On March 6th, TUSDM held the annual Bates-Andrews Research Day in celebration of George A. Bates and alumnus who taught both Tufts Medical and Dental students. This year’s Bates Day included many great posters with students presenting their research projects and other commercial exhibitor displays. Check out the winners below!

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Enter your video into THE 4th ANNUAL MEMMYS!

The University of South Carolina School of Medicine is pleased to announce THE 4th ANNUAL MEMMYS!

This national music video contest seeks student-produced videos from students in the health professions with the top entries receiving a monetary award for their school’s health sciences library – 1st place: $1,500, 2nd place: $1,000, 3rd place: $500.

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Immortalize your time at TUSDM by participating in Fresh Art: Art in the Operatories

A Call to All students, faculty, staff and TUSDM contractors who take great photos! Help Transform TUSDM into a more beautiful and welcoming environment!

Immortalize your time at TUSDM by participating in Fresh Art: Art in the Operatories

As a step toward making creativity and art part of TUSDM’s culture of care, this Call for Photographs seeks to highlight the hidden talents of those who work and study Tufts while beautifying the operatories. Fresh Art will feature up to 200 selected photographs. Great photographs on the walls of the operatories will offer a positive distraction for patients, allowing them to focus on something other than plain walls.

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Congrats to Soroush Samimi (D19): First place in Tufts Global Perspectives Photo Contest!

The winners for the 2nd Annual Global Perspectives photo contest have been announced! All Tufts students were invited to submit photos taken while studying, working, interning, or conducting research abroad or, in the case of the last theme should represent global perspectives on Tufts’ campuses in Boston, Grafton, or Medford during the last year (i.e. during one or more of the following terms:  Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring, 2018 and Summer, 2018)

Photographs were judged based on their aesthetic value and on how well they respond to the category. Soroush placed first in the “One Health” Category.  

1st Place: Soroush Samimi, School of Dental Medicine, Service Learning / Volunteer, Graduate (Saint Anne, Jamaica) 


Early education and prevention is key. Each year we travel down to Jamaica with the initiative to improve oral care in remote communities. Familiarizing the children with oral hygiene techniques helps reduce their dental anxiety and reduces their risk of developing caries. We have been fortunate to come in touch with such beautiful souls and observe the improvement in oral care as well as their well-being throughout the years.

2019 NHSC S2S Loan Repayment Program – Application cycle open

2019 National Health Service Corps Students to Service (S2S) Loan Repayment Program – Application cycle open

HRSA just announced the opening of the National Health Service Corps Students to Service (S2S) Loan Repayment Program. The application cycle closes on December 20 at 7:30 p.m. ET.

The NHSC S2S LRP provides up to $120,000 in tax-free loan repayment to medical and dental students in their final year of school in exchange for a three-year service commitment in a high-need (HPSA 14 or above) rural, tribal, or urban community.

  • Students applying to the program must be U.S. citizens or nationals and enrolled or accepted in an eligible medical (MD or DO) or dental (DDS or DMD) degree program at a U.S. accredited school.
  • Program award installments are paid to students annually in a lump sum which, when applied to qualified health professional student loans, can significantly lower the overall debt for some scholars by reducing accrued loan interest amounts.
  • NHSC S2S LRP award recipients are eligible to continue service through the NHSC Loan Repayment Program, and could potentially pay off all of their educational debt with continued service at an approved NHSC site.

We invite you to encourage potential applicants to visit the NHSC website to learn more.

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Call for Artists! Transgender Day of Remembrance

The LGBT Center, the University Chaplaincy, and the Office of the Provost are cosponsoring the second annual Trans Day of Remembrance student art project. The project will speak to themes of trans identity, resilience, and celebration, with special attention to the experiences of trans people of color and survivors of transmisogynistic violence. Proposals may, but don’t have to, involve depictions of the trans and non-binary people lost to violence since November 2017. We hope to work collaboratively with a student artist in the Tufts and SMFA community to design the project and create the exhibit. The project may be moved to different locations on campus throughout its exhibition and will be accompanied in its various display spaces by trans-affirming resources made available by local organizations that support trans and non-binary wellness, community, and activism. The artist selected will be allotted a $500 budget for materials to create the project and receive a separate stipend of $1000. We expect to begin displaying the project in its first location on November 20th. No formal artist training is required. Trans and non-binary students are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply, please send (1) a short (~150-200 words) account of your personal interest in being a part of the project, (2) a short proposal of your vision for the exhibit (style of portraits, manner of display, etc) including a rough breakdown of how you expect to use the $500 materials budget, and (3) three examples of portrait/depiction work that reflect the style you’d bring the project to both Hope Freeman ( and Walker Bristol ( with the subject line “Trans Day of Remembrance Project.” You can also e-mail Hope or Walker with any questions about the project.

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Apply Today! The 2018 Colgate-Palmolive/NMF Dental Leadership Program Scholarship

Colgate-Palmolive and National Medical Fellowships (NMF) are proud to offer the second annual Colgate-Palmolive/NMF Dental Leadership Program. Established in 2017, this need-based award provides two (2) $5,000 scholarships to support underrepresented minority students, who are enrolled in an accredited US dental school (DDS or DMD) program and demonstrate commitment to leadership and serving medically underserved communities.

Eligibility Criteria

The application for the 2018 scholarship is now available at Applications are due November 14, 2018. The Scholar Eligibility Requirements are as follows:

  • Proof of U.S. citizenship or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) approval letter
  • Currently enrolled in an accredited U.S. Dental School Program (DDS or DMD)
  • Underrepresented minority student. NMF designates the following racial/ethnic groups as underrepresented minorities: African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native Americans (American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian), Asian American (Vietnamese and Cambodian only), and Pacific Islander.
  • Financial need
  • Commitment to leadership and serving medically underserved communities

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67th AAID Conference – Congrats Yusuf, Shawn, and Nari!

This past weekend, three TUSDM students went to Dallas, Texas to present their research at the 67th American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) Annual Conference.

Yusuf Sheikh (PG’21) placed 2nd and Shawn Kim (UG’20) placed 3rd for the table clinic oral presentation, and Nari Park (UG’19) placed 3rd for the poster presentation. Congratulations to these three students on placing at the national conference!

Founded in 1951, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) is the first professional organization in the world dedicated to implant dentistry. To find out more, please visit this link:

Their studies were:

Effects of the Use of Antibiotic Prophylaxis for Lateral Window Maxillary Sinus Augmentation: Yusuf Sheikh, DMD, MA; Yong Hur, DMD, DDS, MS; Sarah Pagni, PhD, MPH; Yumi Ogata, DMD, DDS, MS

Radiographic Analysis of Crestal Bone Resorption in Vertical Ridge Augmentation:
Shawn Kim; Yumi Ogata, DMD, DDS, MS; Sarah Pagni, PhD, MPH; Yong Hur, DMD, DDS, MS

Anatomical Factors of the Posterior Superior Alveolar Artery Associated with Schneiderian Membrane Perforation During Maxillary Sinus Augmentation: Nari Park MS; Yong Hur, DMD, DDS, MS; Sarah Pagni, PhD, MPH; Yumi Ogata, DMD, DDS, MS